Windows 7 Clean Install Won't Update

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  1. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    You don't need to be activated to manually install KB3020369 & KB3172605
    But you will need to be activated to install anything else though :)

    Micro... has been playing cat and mouse with downloads
    Here are some direct links to them
    Win-7 32 bit
    Win-7 64 bit

    KB3172605 newest update client is in this update but KB3020369 is required to install it.
    Win-7 32 bit
    Win-7 64 bit
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  2. Posts : 1,797
    Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)

    Not sure about Roy as his experience may be different to mine. But whenever I've installed VM's, I've never had that WAT update installed (usually my test VM's are never up and running long enough for me to even need to activate them anyway)

    The issue many users have faced is a problem with the old Windows Update Agent, it doesn't seem to work well with MS servers lately and needs an update. There's been numerous long threads about the issues over the past 12 months.

    That July rollup contains the latest Windows update client and seems to fix the issues I've had with my VM new installs not updating. It's taken MS months to properly fix this though, with many different update clients being pushed out. The latest does seem to be the most effective though.

    With regards to your driver issues, it's probably easier to open a new thread for those as you'll most likely get more detailed help.

    Glad it's helped anyway
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  3. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

    Personally I would start over seeing the errors
    I've manually installed the 2 updates without an internet connection after getting to the desktop so I know they can be installed without activating first :)
    Only trick is to have them on a flash drive.

    Once they are installed activate windows
    At some point updating you'll be prompted to install the activation update pointed out.
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  4. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 home premium x64
    Thread Starter

    I'm not sure which one, but one (or more) of the 222 updates that I installed afterwards caused a black screen after I rebooted to install the 222 updates that were downloaded. I was able to reboot to the last successful boot, but I'm wondering if anyone knows which update (post July Rollout) is the culprit, because I would like to get that off my system ASAP.

    This was BEFORE I even attempted to install any NVIDIA drivers, so I know it wasn't a fault driver issue.
    Last edited by janesvillite; 17 Aug 2016 at 00:02. Reason: added more information
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Thank you!

    Brds7t7 said:
    Hi Janesvillite,

    No need to format your system. Unfortunately Windows Update in Windows 7 needs a few fixes to get it working well these days, especially clean installs.

    Try this:

    Download the April 2015 Servicing Stack update

    Download the July 2016 update rollup

    Disconnect your internet connection.

    Open Windows update and change to "Never check for updates".

    Open start menu and type services.msc in the search bar.

    Scroll down to the Windows update service and select startup type to manual and stop the service.

    Reboot the PC.

    Install the April 2015 servicing stack update (KB3020369).

    Reboot the PC.

    Install the July 2016 update rollup (KB3172605).

    Reboot PC again once installed.

    Go back into services and change Windows updates service back to Automatic (delayed start) and restart the service.

    Reconnect your Internet.

    Open Windows update and select "Check for updates but let me choose".

    Check for updates and it should hopefully pick them up within 5 - 10 minutes (depending on your connection).

    I tried a lot of things before I finally found this thread and it worked. Thanks again!!
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